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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Corgi (6 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009945596X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099455967
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 0.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Posy Simmonds delights as ever with a subversive story rich in humour and glorious in its bakery details" (Guardian 2004-10-16)

"Anything by Posy Simmonds is a must for parents as well as children" (Katie Law Evening Standard 2005-12-19)

"Cat lovers of all ages will be charmed by this story about the collaboration between a hardworking cat and a collection of very clever mice. They will also be delighted with the way in which the wicked baker and his wife are well and truly tricked by the animals" (Through The Looking Glass)

"Children will adore the fussy detail and the hilarious dialogue" (The Economist 2004-12-11)

"A witty account of what happens when animals take over from selfish human masters" (Independent 2004-12-03)

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This delightful tale of triumph over adversity is Posy Simmonds at her absolute best.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helen MacDonald on 21 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
Since acquiring this book, my 4-year old has insisted on having the "Cookery Cat" (his words!) read to him every single night! He loves the cheeky names the cat is called ("mangy fur-bag) and the mice running riot in the storeroom and feels sorry for him when he has a teeny weeny fish for breakfast. It's a really lovely story about getting one-up over the baddies!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Singer on 17 Jan 2007
Format: Hardcover
I got this out of the Amazon box yesterday evening after my 4 year old had gone to bed. This morning I showed him the new book and then found myself having to read it over and over for the next half hour through breakfast until we left for school. He loves the language and was soon chanting the mices' tail-making poem. He also loves those classic detailed Posy Simmonds drawings, pointing out to me how the snake works, the smallness of the meagre fish in the cat's dish, the cat's fur all standing up when he is threatened with being turned in to mittens - it is choc full of things to look at and talk about.

I honestly can't recommend it highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Looney on 25 Oct 2007
Format: Paperback
Being an American living with a culture overly concerned with political correctness, I found Baker Cat not only adorable but refreshingly irreverent. It's nice to read a children's book that speaks directly to what children love--seeing the underdog win and learning a few naughty expressions! Most American children's books are so sanitized and conformist--and too focused on setting a good example. I purchased the book because I'm a teacher and thought it would be perfect for the set of third graders I had that year. With my help, my students turned the story into a play and acted it out for other children in the school. They did an amazing job, I think, because they could really understand the characters. Who wouldn't eat all the sugar and cocoa if left alone with it? The child who played the cat was British and carried off the lines and the humor perfectly. (An American can't say the word "cheeky" without sounding ridiculous!) Hats off to Posy Simmonds. I hope she writes more books like Baker Cat--with enough characters to turn into another class play!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rowena moore on 23 Jan 2006
Format: Paperback
My four year old daughter loves this again and again. Quirky story, gorgeous expressions, a sensible moral and some very cheeky mice. Lots of little person reading fun in the text and illustrations and a happy 'just' ending. Wouldn't we all like to shop at this bakers?!
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This is a wonderful book with excellent drawings by Posy Simmonds which tells a story of a very hard-working cat and his relationship with his `employers' (the baker and his mean wife) and the mice who inhabit the bakery. His relationship with the bakery mice is a lesson for children in working together to defeat a common `enemy'. I enjoyed reading this book immensely both for the story which is a page turner and the detailed illustrations. Highly recommended for young children.
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